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  • While making a tackle, the C3 and C4 vertebrae in his spinal cord were telescoped.
  • Naked from the waist up, his vertebrae extruded from his skinny back as he hunched over the desk, working.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He tapped on the top of the glowing spine, where two metal vertebrae connected, and enlarged the image.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Her back is long and white and split by the knobs of her vertebrae.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • Does he get your vertebrae all in order with those slippery hands?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He stroked my back gently, fingers tracing the bumps of the vertebrae.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I never realized how much pain three cracked vertebrae could inflict on a guy.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • You have a vivid mental picture of the vertebrae snapping apart and the spinal fluid dripping out of them.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I slashed its neck to the vertebrae.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The tail showed forty-five vertebrae.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • He twisted his head, wincing at the grate of sliding vertebrae.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • An X-ray on a bigger machine showed fractures of the eleventh and twelfth thoracic vertebrae.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I felt like the vertebrae in my spine were being welded together by a blowtorch.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • It is a German conceit, that the vertebrae are absolutely undeveloped skulls.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I knew that to make such a machine of stone was far beyond my power, but it had struck me that the vertebrae of the whale might serve my purpose.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The fluid throbbed out of his vertebrae as he lay stretched upon the earth.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Peter knew it was no coincidence that the spine was made up of exactly thirty-three vertebrae.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Moreover, there was no fracture of the vertebrae at the nape of the neck, and it was evident that he had not been hanged.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • They consist of two distinct series: the series of bony fish, in other words, those whose spines have vertebrae made of bone; and cartilaginous fish, in other words, those whose spines have vertebrae made of cartilage.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The X-ray—we took a skull plate—shows a fracture and dislocation of the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He had to cut everything up handsomely, leaving two vertebrae on the tail to make the chine look attractive, and almost ever since he could remember he had been either pursuing a hart or cutting it up into helpings.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The past Wednesday, returning from two weeks of treatment at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, her customary place of retirement, Mrs. Clutter had brought scarcely credible tidings to tell her husband; with joy she informed him that the source of her misery, so medical opinion had at last decreed, was not in her head but in her spine-it was physical, a matter of misplaced vertebrae.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "Good God!" said he, stooping down, and picking up some of the crushed vertebrae to examine them more closely.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • I could make out the long, knobbly chain of vertebrae clear enough, and the rib cage, though some of the bones there were cracked or flattened.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • The long white ridge of his spine, with the huge, prominent shoulder blades and jutting ribs and vertebrae, was bare, and Marya Nikolaevna and the waiter were struggling with the sleeve of the night shirt, and could not get the long, limp arm into it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He could feel the vertebrae in the back of his neck crack and pop from the strain of this unexpected work.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • My neck was already sore from the effort of pulling my chin hard against the upper vertebrae.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • From the rear—particularly where his vertebrae were visible—he might almost have passed for one of those needy metropolitan children who are sent out every summer to endowed camps to be fattened and sunned.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The force of the drop, combined with the position of the knot, is what’s meant to fracture the cervical vertebrae and separate the spinal cord.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The final point of the treatment was a quick, careful twist of the neck, producing a cracking sound, releasing gas from the vertebrae, bringing an immediate sensation of relief.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Only the near-solid breaks of bestos, the rocky soil here on the summit plateau, and the hogback ridges running like armor-plated vertebrae northeast from here keep the teslas at bay.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The distinguished scientist Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft tendered medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous fracture of the cervical vertebrae and consequent scission of the spinal cord would, according to the best approved tradition of medical science, be calculated to inevitably produce in the human subject a violent ganglionic stimulus of the nerve centres of the genital apparatus, thereby causing the elastic pores of the corpora cavernosa to rapidly dilate in such…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But Powell catches him, stabbing the courier just above the fourth vertebrae.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The impact fractured two vertebrae in his back.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • He broke two vertebrae in his back and ruptured his stomach.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • Instantly he transferred his attention to the bare neck, pushing the thorn firmly against vertebrae.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • She picks up part of it, the sharp machine-tooled edges of its vertebrae pinching her gloves.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He soothed her by running his thumb and forefinger down her neck and over her shoulders, and when she had become calm he killed her with a quick twist and pull that separated the vertebrae of her neck just below the skull.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • When he leaned over the patient’s belly to see our handiwork, cocked his skull on the atlas and axis vertebrae just so, tucked his arms to his chest, his scapulae gliding out, making himself small so as not to contaminate our field—those movements were echoes of my own.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In the melancholy mood that had suddenly come over him, his neck vertebrae seemed to protrude even more than usual.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Now he knew that it was only a foolish amulet, that La Fayette was like any ordinary man when it came to resisting Napoleon; and now that the amulet lay buried in a mass grave outside Detroit, no doubt still chained to the moldering vertebrae of Frederic de Maurepas, Napoleon knew that he would never find his equal in this world, unless it was God himself, or Nature.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • And more bones:
    Eighteen ribs from the torso of a child.
    Several vertebrae.
    A bone from a foot.
    One shoulder blade.
    One hip socket.
    Articles of clothing emerged from walls and from pits of ash and quicklime, including a girl’s dress and bloodstained overalls.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • the old man said and he drove the blade between the vertebrae and the / " .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • We didn’t know until he got to Boston that the cancer had invaded his vertebrae."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "This tall red-headed piece of misinformation is the sporting editor of the Press," said Willis Ijams; and H. H. Hazen, the druggist, chanted, "Boys, when you’re on a long motor tour and finally get to a romantic spot or scene and draw up and remark to the wife, ’This is certainly a romantic place,’ it sends a glow right up and down your vertebrae.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Vertebrae, clavicles, scapulae, ribs forming the upper torso.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • He asked Valentina to forgive him before he reached out and in one movement broke her neck between the second and third cervical vertebrae.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Doctors fused the vertebrae in his back with bone from his hip and repaired his stomach.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • The vertebrae in Pa’s back were fused with bone from his hip; his stomach and big toe were repaired.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • But it looks like a rat’s tail with the flesh eaten away by acid, because it just consists of segments, hundreds of them neatly plugged together, like vertebrae.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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